Corporate away days can provide a breath of fresh air to the typical working week. Serving to bring employees closer together, away days can help to improve personal relationships, boost team working abilities and improve overall productivity and motivation levels going forward. These skills are integral to promoting a good office culture, leading to happier employees and ultimately, reflecting positively on your business.
Effective corporate away days usually consist of a meeting to discuss future plans in a boardroom, followed by an afternoon of team building activities to inject some fun into the experience. At Kings Head, our event rooms are ideal for business meetings and conferences, with all of the necessary equipment provided. We also offer a range of activities; from spa experiences and wine experiences to polo and rally driving, there’s something to suit every delegate.
Establish a purpose
Before you book your corporate away day, take some time to think about why you’re making this decision. It could be that you’re looking to improve employee relationships, or that you want to encourage more creative input and contributions to a new project. When you’ve established the reasoning behind your away day, the planning process becomes easier. If you’re looking to inspire innovation for a new project, for example, you may want to have your employees engage in an activity in the morning, before spending the rest of the day in one of our function rooms to discuss ideas.
Decide on a budget
Trying to find a venue that will cater to all of your business needs without breaking the bank is not always an easy task. Make sure you have a set budget in mind, and think about the quality of entertainment and food that you would like. At Kings Head, our events team will work with you to create a corporate package that suits your budget and business needs.
Venue and location
You will, of course, need to find a venue that can offer opportunities for formal and informal meetings, in addition to fun activities. At Kings Head, our event rooms each provide a different atmosphere; from light, spacious rooms for large corporate meetings to more relaxed spaces with arched ceilings and exposed brickwork, there’s a room to suit all types of meeting.
It’s always a good idea to try and host your corporate away day in a quiet area that’s surrounded by countryside to encourage focus and stimulate the senses, whilst also being within easy reach of potential fun team building/bonding activities. At Kings Head, for example, we’re located close to the Cotswold Water Park – the ideal place for team building during the summer months.
Create an agenda
It’s a good idea to create a robust plan for the day well in advance, and distribute a copy of this around the office. This way, your employees will have plenty of time to prepare.
However you choose to plan your corporate away day, the positive effects they ultimately have on employees’ relationships and overall productivity levels are invaluable. To find out more about our business away day offering, please click here.